Daydream Island

The Whitsundays

The rainforest-cloaked, reef-fringed Daydream Island is only 1km long and 200m wide, and very popular with day visitors due to its accessibility. Much of it is taken up by the vast Daydream Island Resort & Spa, and day trippers may use the restaurants, pools and bars, wander the coral-strewn main beach, sunbathe at Lovers' Cove and walk the 1km Rainforest Trail. Cruise Whitsundays ferries connect the island with Port of Airlie ($37, nine daily) and Hamilton Island ($40, eight daily).

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1. South Molle Island

1.78 MILES

The largest of the Molle Islands group, South Molle is virtually joined to its reef-fringed siblings, Mid and North Molle Islands. The island is mostly…

2. Conway National Park

2.14 MILES

This serene national park encompasses the Conway Peninsula, once the hunting grounds of the Giru Dala and still home to large swaths of lowland tropical…

3. Hamilton Island Wildlife

10.96 MILES

This sweet little wildlife centre is a good place to introduce your kids to various marsupials, including wallabies and koalas, as well as a dingo,…

4. Whitsunday Island

11.9 MILES

The largest of the paradisaical group to which it gives its name, Whitsunday Island is ruggedly forested, and surrounded by clear teal waters and coral…

5. Cedar Creek Falls

12.31 MILES

These beautiful falls, a popular swimming spot when there's sufficient water, can be reached by turning east from the Proserpine–Airlie Beach road at…

6. Escape Beach

12.46 MILES

This sheltered, sandy cove, lapped at by azure waters, is Hamilton Island's loveliest beach - all the more because you're likely to have it all to…

7. Butterfly Bay

14.48 MILES

On the northern side of Hook Island is this protected bay, which flutters with butterfly song each winter. Popular with discerning bareboat-charter-goers,…

8. Hayman Island

14.55 MILES

The most northerly of the Whitsunday group, little Hayman is just 4 sq km in area and rises to 250m above sea level. It has forested hills, valleys and…